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This week, the United Nations has been focusing intently on the use of technology to solve global problems and drive development that’s both affordable and sustainable. It’s an immensely important topic in a world increasingly divided between rich and poor, healthy and sick, educated and isolated, and is central to the UN mission for the current century.
As Dean of Research at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, one of the newest and most advanced research institutions in India, I’m used to contrasts. Our country has some of the most innovative scientists and doctors breaking new ground every day, but also millions who live traditionally in villages barely touched by electricity, basic plumbing or the Internet.
This all makes India an unparalleled laboratory for the technological development solutions for the global problems that are affecting people everywhere — like poverty and income inequality, disease and public health, women’s education and equality, sanitation and clean water.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham itself is a lesson in innovation. It was founded not by scientists and scholars but by one of India’s most influential humanitarians and spiritual leaders, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi, who serves as Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and believes that integration of the latest technologies with spiritual principles is the right way forward.
Amma gave the keynote address at the recent UNAI conference, stressing for the participants the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s core tenet: progress that is driven by compassion and understanding for all people.
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham has committed itself to the development of technologies to address these very concrete needs, without forgetting that human happiness and well-being also has a spiritual dimension. We have been joined in this mission by scientists and technologists from top institutions around the world, including Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, EPFL, Monash, Twente, and the National University of Singapore.
On Wednesday, Amrita and our fellow researchers presented a few of these solutions-in-progress to over 700 representatives from 93 international universities at a conference on Technology for Sustainable Development that we co-hosted with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) program, a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the UN to advance sustainable development.
HAPTICS & ROBOTICS
SENSORS AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
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